4 Simple Tips for Improving Your MPG

Some people have weird ways of saving gas, like putting the car in neutral, or even turning it off, when going down a hill. As a general rule, if a trick seems too stupid to possibly be doing much good, then it’s probably too stupid to possible be doing much good. You can improvey our MPG with a lot of simple, easy tricks that won’t run down your engine or have you driving unsafely just to save a dollar on gas here and there:

Clean Your Engine

There are all sorts of products on the market for engine cleaner that you can put into your tank before your next fill up so that it can circulate and clean out a lot of the gunk that gets gummed up in your engine. Invest in a bottle of this every few thousand miles or so and you’ll be able to get that much more out of every gallon.

Change Your Oil

Stop putting it off. The longer you go between oil changes, the less efficient your car is going to run, and the more money you’re going to be spending on gas to keep it moving, so don’t slack, change your oil as recommended. Perhaps more importantly, when you drive off of that Atlanta Buick dealer with a brand new car, you don’t want to ruin it in the first year of ownership, so take care of it.

Clean Out Your Trunk

You might not think that that busted tire that you haven’t gotten around to throwing away is doing much damage, or those cinder blocks you’re saving to build a barbecue pit, or the dozens of phone books that you’re driving around for who knows what reason, but you might have anywhere from a few to a few hundred pounds of useless junk in your trunk. Take the time to clean it out and you’ll see an immediate improvement in your MPG.

Change Your Driving Habits

Finally, you can make a big dent in your MPG by just changing your driving habits up a bit. Keep an even speed going on the highway, let your car warm up when it’s cold out before you take off, and take your time when you accelerate and you’ll be able to get more out of every gallon.

Remember To Fasten That Seat Belt!

The roads will be filled with cars in Atlanta and throughout our country this Memorial Day weekend. For many in the U.S., it has been a long, cold winter, and people are ready to enjoy the great outdoors. There are a lot of things to do before planning a weekend trip. There is one particular thing we at Southtown Newnan want you to do before heading out. That is to remember to fasten your seat belt.

You may understand that fastening your seat belt can save your life. But did you realize that having your passengers fastening their seatbelts it may also save your life? A story from ABC News made the claim, sharing information from a University of Tokyo study.

The survey looked at 100,000 front seat occupants involved in car-to-car crashes in Japan. In each of these cases there were also at least two rear seat passengers. In head on crashes in particular, the results were astounding.

In these accidents where the rear seat passengers were not wearing seat belts, it increased the chances of dying for the driver by over 600%. If that’s not disturbing enough, it increased the chances of death for the front seat passenger by over 700%. The reason? When rear seat passengers are not wearing restraints and a head on near head on accident occurs, many times they are catapulted into the front seat. The force of even just a 30mph collision can send the rear passenger traveling at a force of 2.5 tons into the front seat occupants.

The study suggests that total number of deaths could be reduced by just about 80% in these cases if the rear seat passengers were wearing seat belts. This is really important to consider before your family heads out on the highways this holiday weekend and in the future.

Look, you know the patrols will be out and a traffic ticket can be costly. At our Newnan Car Dealerships, we want you to buckle up for a much more important reason…the safety of you and your family. Especially now that you know your risk of serious injury as a driver or front seat passenger are greater when your rear seat passengers aren’t fastened in. We hope you will make it a point to make sure all are secure.

Have an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. Remember the reason we recognize the holiday and remember to have everyone fasten their seat belts.

Atlanta Attractions

With beautiful weather beckoning, it’s time to start making plans for some travel excursions and Southtowne Motors can help you get started with new and used cars. Once you have your new ride, you’ll be ready to roll into Atlanta and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Stone Mountain Park has it all – from its famous carving of Confederate notables in the mountainside, to an array of attractions. Among the 3200 acres, you can enjoy the Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, Lasershows, Geyser Towers, fishing in Stone Mountain Lake, golf, and hiking, biking and jogging trails. During spring, summer and fall, the park hosts numerous festivals.

Six Flags Over Georgia takes visitors to new heights when it comes to fun and adventure with rides suited for kids and family and over-the-top thrill rides that will have you screaming. Take a breath and head to one of the entertaining shows then make your way to one of the many food venues for something tasty from hand-dipped ice cream and funnel cakes to burgers, barbeque and pizza.

The Cyclorama is a tribute to The Battle of Atlanta fought during the Civil War. Located in Grant Park, it is a magnificent panorama depicting in intricate detail the happenings of that battle. Visit the Civil War Museum to see authentic artifacts.

Zoo Atlanta is a great way to spend the day observing mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The zoo also has an impressive area dedicated to plants and horticulture such as the carnivorous plant exhibit.

Take a guided or self-guided tour of Oakland Cemetery established in 1850 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The beautiful grounds and gardens are filled with exquisite monuments, mausoleums, stained glass, bronze urns and stunning sculptures such as the Lion of the Confederacy.

Schedule a walking tour of Underground Atlanta and learn about this interesting area and its 100 year history. Dine, shop or enjoy one of the scheduled exhibits or events. Underground is one of the leading attractions and is located in the heart of downtown.

Before leaving the downtown area, stop in at The Varsity, touted as the World’s Largest Drive In.” Since 1928, the iconic restaurant has been serving the best chili cheese dogs, fresh fries and onion rings, peach pies and frosted orange drinks in town.  Also consider visiting the Atlanta Botanic Garden, World of Coca Cola, CNN Center and the Georgia Aquarium.

Whether you need an oil change, brake repair or new battery before heading out of town, schedule an appointment at Southtowne to get your car in A1 condition.

Building A Car Emergency Car Kit

Here at More Miles with Mader I like to provide you with a variety of auto related and area information. I think it’s part of what a car dealer in Atlanta should do. This time around I am going to talk about creating your own emergency car kit. I’m not just going to talk about the basics. I also think I may have some good ideas for things you may not have even considered.

The place to start though is with the basics. I would consider the basic to include some sort of medical emergency kit. It should at least include a few bandages, tape, gauze and some packets of those disposable wipes you find at a rib or wing place. The basics should also include:

  • A flare or flares
  • Reflectors
  • Can of Fix-A-Flat
  • A Blanket
  • Jumper cables
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic Poncho

If you travel alone frequently or travel out in the country quite a bit you may also want to consider these items.

  • A charged but out of service cellphone. These phones can still be used to call 911.
  • A tire repair kit. They are inexpensive and if you can find the hole, you can fix it at least well enough to get where it can be attended to more permanently.
  • Maps. Even if you have a GPS, keep a map available.
  • A bottle of water or two. You never know how long help may take to arrive.
  • A small air compressor. These can help fill a tire with a slow leak, or a inflate a repaired one.You can generally find these for under $20.
  • A portable self-contained power pack. These allow you to jump your car without help or even recharge your cellphone. These can cost anyway from about $40 on up, but can be invaluable.
  • WD-40. This can really help if you experience a tough lug-nut.
  • Duct tape. Hey, you never know!
  • A $20 bill hidden in the trunk or glove compartment. Again, you never know!

With cellphones, todays road emergencies can generally be minimized but it is always best to be prepared. You may look back on this and be thankful you put together your own emergency car kit.

If you are looking for a new car take a quick trip to Southtowne Motors of Newnan. We offer Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevy and GMC cars and trucks. We also offer used cars and trucks as well. Enjoy the road and remember to check back for More Miles with Mader!

Newnan Events – April

April is here, and your Atlanta Cadillac dealer, Southtowne, invites you to enjoy some of the events scheduled in the Newnan area. Get out in your new car and participate in these community events.

Romeo and Juliet will be performed on April 11th at the Newnan Center for Performing and Visual Arts at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road. The performance gets underway at 7:30pm.

There is a new event scheduled for April 13th at the Coweta County Fairgrounds at 275 Pine Road in Newnan. The event is called R.A.C.E. for the Orphans 5K and it gets underway at 7:30am. This inaugural R.A.C.E. for the Orphans hopes to raise funds for the adoption expenses of Jason and Kelly Preston’s daughter from China. Organizers are hoping the event will become an annual way to help fund adoptions in our community.

April 14th is the “Ride for the River”. There are several routes available for riders with all routes beginning and ending at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Registration is at 8am and riders may choose from a 14 mile ride, 30 mile ride, 60 mile ride or a 104 mile ride. Proceeds benefit The Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information you can call Carolyn at 770-253-8264, or Pat at 770-253-6839.

A “Taste of Newnan” is set for April 18th from 5-8:30pm. The information tent will be located in front of the Carnegie Library at Jackson Street & West Broad Street. There you will find maps with vendor locations and other information about the event. Those of us at Southtowne are pleased to be a sponsor of this great event. There is plenty of parking throughout downtown and we look forward to seeing you there!

If you are getting a little spring fever, Southtowne, your source for new and used cars, invites you to get out and enjoy your community. If the warmer temperatures have you thinking about a new or used vehicle, we invite you to come see us at Southtowne!

Braves Baseball is Back!

Spring means baseball for some, and new cars for others. If the warmer temperatures of the season have you thinking about cars, come on down to Newnan and visit Southtowne Motors.

We thought it might be fun to take a look back at some little known history of our Atlanta Braves franchise, and relive some great memories.

The Braves trace their roots to an early baseball club located in Boston, who started out as The Redlegs in 1876. To avoid confusion with the Cincinnati baseball team, the Boston team was renamed in 1883 as the Beaneaters. The Beaneater name was thought to have a better tie-in with the Boston Community. In 1907, the Beaneaters briefly became the Doves after their new owners, a couple of brothers with the last name of Dovey. Finally, in 1912, the name was changed to The Braves.

Those early Boston Braves teams had some legendary players come on and off their rosters. Jim Thorpe played for the Braves in 1919, Rogers Hornsby and George Sisler played for them in 1928 and even Babe Ruth finished his career with the Braves in 1935. Then came another name change.

The franchise became the Bees in 1935 and kept the Bees name for 5 years before going back to the Braves moniker. In 1952, the Braves played their last game in Boston and in 1953 started play as the Milwaukee Braves. The Braves played 12 seasons in Milwaukee before coming to Atlanta for the 1966 season.

Those first years here in Atlanta featured some great and colorful players. Of course, there was the legendary “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron but those years also gave us Phil Niekro and Rico Carty. The year 1974, of course, was the year Aaron broke the all-time homerun record, hitting number 715.

In 1977, Ted Turner actually became manager of the team after a 17 game losing streak. Turner lost the only game he managed as baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn sent him back to the owner’s box.

The 80’s featured players like Bob Horner and Dale Murphy.

In 1991, the Braves went from worst to first, making it to the World Series just one year after having baseball’s worst record. It was the start of a golden era for Braves baseball. Another colorful player, “Neon” Deion Sanders, helped lead the club to a second consecutive World Series appearance in 1992. It was in 1995 that the Braves earned the name “Team of the 1990’s” by winning the World Series. The amazing run by the Braves that included an astonishing 14 division titles ended in 2006.

It is just about time to once again “play ball” and welcome another season of Braves baseball. If spring has you thinking about Atlanta dealers that can provide a great selection with great deals, we welcome you to our Newnan Car Dealership.

Looking to the Future: Air-Powered Cars

At Southtowne Motors, we’re always considering the future and what new inventions can change the way we drive. Recently, an exciting release about an air-powered car caught our attention, so we’d like to pass on information about this new style of vehicle to you. There are also talks about air fuel synthesis, which is a new and interesting way to create fuel out of, literally, thin air. Although this could take years, it’s always interesting to see what could become common in our lifetimes.

Hybrids have become popular over the recent years, but Peugeot-Citroen, a primarily UK/European manufacturer has suggested that it will be working on a hybrid car that runs on gasoline and air. According to translators, the car would be able to run up to 43 miles per hour and would use hydraulics to keep itself powered up.

It’s no secret that companies have been looking for the newest ways to fuel vehicles, from water-powered styles to those that run on corn oils. Fuel alternatives may seem strange now, but they are likely to be more common in the near future. According to Peugeot-Citroen, they’d like to have this car up and running for sale by 2016.

Peugeot isn’t the only company looking into alternatives, though, and another British company is working on Air Fuel Synthesis. With this process, the fuel we need to drive would literally be made out of air. It is made with a combination technique of electricity and air, and it’s already been used to power a Lotus.

It could take up to 15 years before air fuel takes hold, but it may be the way of the future. As we look for new ways to power vehicles, reduce greenhouse gasses, and take better care of our finite resources, we may be seeing more examples of alternative fuel sources cropping up.

Luckily, with science catch up to the needs of our society, you’re likely to avoid seeing this any time in the future.

Were Cars Built Better in the Past?

Did you ever hear someone say how much better cars were in “the old days”? We got to thinking about new and used cars recently and quite frankly, other than the fond memories, there is actually very little that you could find better about cars from the sixties and seventies than you can find at an Atlanta Chevy dealership, today. When you think about it, what we have as now is so superior to what was built before, it almost seems silly to compare. But compare we will.

Tires

Car tires in the past actually had inner tubes like bicycles. They would puncture frequently and blow-outs were common. In fact it was not uncommon to see multiple people roadside changing tires after a flat, even on a short trip. Today’s tires are nearly indestructible.

Mileage

Nobody gave much thought to mileage in the sixties and seventies because gas was so cheap. How does 29.9 cents a gallon sound? The fact is many muscle cars of the 70s got around 10 miles per gallon. A car that got 20 mpg was a rarity. Today finding one that DOESN’T get 20 mpg would be an exception.

Safety

Have you looked at a dashboard or steering wheel from decades ago? Pretty scary stuff! Today’s padded dashboards, airbags, seatbelts and safety bumpers are incredibly more safe for you and your passengers.

Longevity

It used to be that a car nearing 100,000 miles was at the end of its lifespan. Today 200,000 miles plus is common. Today’s cars don even show that much rust, which was always a problem with the cars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Comfort

Ergonomic seats have replaced old stiff, bench style seating. Not to mention air conditioning, smooth transitioning transmissions, infotainment systems and power everything.

Yes, it may be popular to think about those old cars but the reality is todays vehicles are much safer, economical, long lasting and comfortable than those of the past. See the latest advancements at Southtowne Motors.

Prepping Your Ride for Warm Weather Adventures

Spring is rolling in fast and soon you will experience “on the road” fever where the highways and the byways beckon for both on-road and off-road exploration of the countryside and especially the North Georgia mountains. Whether you choose to hitch a trailer to your Yukon XL with its impressive pulling power, load off road vehicles into your Chevrolet Avalanche, or take a scenic ride in your Buick Verano or the new Cadillac XTS, you will have power, comfort and versatility at your fingertips.

After several months of winter conditions featuring plenty of super cold temperatures and ice and snow, your car or truck is probably in need of a little tender loving care and hands-on attention to ensure it’s running in tip-top condition before venturing out on an extended road trip. Even new cars and trucks benefit from a check-up after months of chilly cold weather especially if it’s due for an annual service check.

At Southtowne Motors, one of the best car dealers in Newnan, expert technicians are standing by ready and waiting to repair, replace, upgrade and tune your vehicle providing comparable pricing and quality customer service.

If the transmission or battery in your older model car or truck is feeling the strain of time, bring it in to Southtowne for a check-up or replacement. Get an oil and filter change for extra zip and efficiency and if the tires are looking a frayed or worn, have them replaced for a smoother and more gas efficient ride. Before heading to scenic back roads, be sure the clutch and brakes are in good order for those power climbs in the mountains and don’t forget to have brake and power steering fluids checked and topped off.

Whatever you need for quality travel time whether it’s perusing the impressive inventory of new and used cars or trucks or servicing your current ride, the staff at Southtowne can handle your needs and have you on your way in no time.

Atlanta Cars, How Do You Know If You Have A Busted Muffler?

It’s no secret, especially when they pass you, some people love loud cars and go to great lengths to modify their exhaust systems to sound just right. Now this post isn’t about exhaust mods, but if you are into that sort of thing then we suggest you check out the Southtowne GM Superstore for some great aftermarket modification including modifying your exhaust system.

Now, if loud cars aren’t your thing and you didn’t modify your exhaust system, but it sounds like you did, then you may have a muffler problem.  It wasn’t too long ago that this very thing happened to a friend of mine. His car was extremely loud!  It was like it was when he was 18 when he purposefully put holes in his muffler to achieve a louder car sound. I don’t recommend this at all as your muffler is a key part of your car’s exhaust system. Not only does it reduce noise, but it also prevents exhaust fumes from entering into the passenger compartment of a car. If exhaust is entering  your vehicle then you may be faced with even more problems than just a broken muffler. Carbon monoxide from your car can be deadly.  If you suspect you have a broken muffler, here are some things to check out:

  1. Turn your car on and listen for low pitched rhythmic sounds or a rumbling. If you do have a broken muffler it will create a loud exhaust noise.
  2. Inspect your muffler for holes or rust. Rust usually happens from the inside out, and is an indicator that holes are developing.
  3. Look for unusual exhaust smoke. This may be a big cloud when you hit the gas or even a very subtle one.
  4. If you vehicle starts to slowly overheat, this may also be an indication of broken muffler. The exhaust system can affect engine performance.
  5. Check to see if there are any water leaks near the back of the car. This too is an indicator of a hole in the muffler.

If have done the above suggested checks on your vehicle but still are unsure, please schedule an appointment with the service department at the Southtowne GM Superstore to get this taken care of right away. Of course, if you’re are liking the new sound your car is making, first get your muffler fixed first and then let’s talk about what Southtowne can do for a proper exhaust system modification.

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